by Scott Benson

It’s a legitimate question: has Matt Kranchick ever gotten this kind of ink?

So far, the fourth year kid from Penn State has been the only constant at the Pats’ suddenly vulnerable tight end position, and today he’s the subject of our Feature of the Day, written once again by the Globe’s Christopher Gasper. Over at the Herald, John Tomase responds in kind.

The burgeoning celebrity of the former Steeler portends what is perhaps the biggest camp story so far: the tight-end relying Pats are nervously thin at one of their bellwether spots. Dave Thomas broke his foot this spring and it still yet to see the light of day at camp. Doesn’t it now seem inevitable that Thomas, who many hoped would be a key man in the Pats passing game, will miss at least a portion of the regular season? Time’s a wasting, folks. To make matters worse, Ben Watson apprarently stumbled and injured himself on Monday. I know – I’m as shocked as you are. After all, he’s usually as reliable as Cal Ripken.

Garrett Mills, the former Tulsa all-everything, is having a hell of a time establishing himself as a pro, and while it sounds like Kyle Brady is getting closer to the field, nobody expects Brady to be the one flying up the seam. Ditto veteran Marcellus Rivers, who the Pats added yesterday.

I’m doing everything I can at this moment not to mention Daniel Graham. The Pats’ decision last spring to let him walk seemed to me, at its core, a choice of Watson over Graham. Obviously, it’s more complicated than that – the Pats have Watson locked up through 09 at a far more affordable rate, and Graham would have been paid at the upper end of the position scale with a new deal. But on the field, there is no comparison between the players. Give me Graham six days a week and twice on Sundays.

I say all that fully recognizing that Graham spent a few days on the exercise bike himself. Moving on…..

Dante Wesley met with the press and impressed; he sounds like a solid guy. It remains to be seen whether he’ll contribute to the secondary, as even he thinks of himself as a special teamer first. The ‘part-time model’ angle sounds like something we’ll explore more fully as the season goes along; it should be a nice compliment to the ‘Artrell Hawkins wants to be a broadcaster’ storyline.

I got to tell you, I’m completely sick of training camp already. Bring on Friday Night Lights, and the first Game Day Rear View on Saturday morning. For now, get the rest of today’s headlines (the Herald website is jammed packed with football this morning, by the way) at

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